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NERIUM oleander (SHARI D™)

Image of Nerium oleander 'Turner's Shari D' (SHARI D™) PP5378

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

NERIUM oleander 'Turner's Shari D'(SHARI D™) PP5378

Plant Common Name

Oleander, Shari D™ Oleander

General Description

Oleander is a Mediterranean shrub that thrives where summers are dry and hot. It is a large, vase-shaped evergreen with leathery lance-shaped leaves and colorful flowers, which appear all year—most heavily from late winter to early summer. The showy, single, flowers have a funnel-shaped base from which flare five prominent radial petals. Blooms are carried in loose clusters at the ends of the branches. The cultivar ‘Shari D’ is a compact, dwarf plant with dark green foliage and a multitude of dense flower heads. The unusual blooms are butter-yellow with a burgundy striped dark yellow throat.

Plant these tough shrubs in full sun and well draining soil. Oleanders are very drought tolerant but appreciate moist soil and develop a better floral display, as well as overall form, if given good growing conditions. Often grown as a hedge, frequent shearing reduces flower production, so prune by hand to retain a healthy, natural shape. This is an excellent plant for difficult areas. It may be used as a container plant, large shrub, in mixed plantings or for screening.

There are potential health concerns with this plant. For more information about the toxicity of oleander see http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Neriuol.htm.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m

  • Width

    3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Burgundy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No